Know How / Beef

Profitably transforming day-old calves into fat cattle requires mastering many skills ranging from fertility management to achieving the best daily liveweight gain.

Whether you run a suckler herd or rear or finish beef cattle, browse our beef articles to find out how to improve beef farm profitability and productivity.

Key areas of focus:

  • Optimising productivity of the suckler herd
  • Achieving good weight gains and performance
  • Improving herd health and welfare
  • Management of healthy youngstock
  • Selecting the best market for your produce

Latest Know How

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Tips on designing races and handling cattle

Well-designed handling facilities provide a safe working environment on beef farms but infrastructure alone won’t make routine tasks easier and quicker for cattle and people. Livestock handling expert Miriam Parker…

ASSESSING PERFORMANCE

AHDB chair shares his low cost suckler and sheep systems

Simple and low-cost farming is the mantra of Warwickshire sheep and beef farmer Adam Quinney, the AHDB Beef & Lamb chair, who is seeing gross margins of £450/ha on cattle…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How to minimise maize losses as feed supplies tighten

With many livestock farms facing the prospect of grass silage shortages this winter as a result of the drought, farmers are being urged to minimise maize losses. About 20% of…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice for managing forage supplies in a drought

Farmers are heading for a prolonged drought and forage supplies are drying up. The most important objective in a prolonged summer drought after a long winter is to secure additional…

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